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Mexican American Studies Program

The mission of Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to recognize, validate and engage with students, faculty, and Mexican American, Chican@ and Latin@ communities as agents of conocimiento (knowledge). Our position on the U.S.-Mexico border requires and enables MAS to have a simultaneous local and hemispheric concentration. This unique transcultural context shapes academic and public conversations regionally, nationally and globally. Our place-based pedagogies and transdisciplinary methods provide a holistic approach to the study of complex and dynamic Mexican American experiences.

We prepare students to critically investigate community knowledge and sociopolitical, economic, cultural and artistic conditions of and contributions by Mexican Americans, Chican@s and Latin@s, while helping them cultivate transformative experiences, spaces and relationships. Students also develop the skills to engage in self-discovery and to communicate their conocimiento to produce salient applied research to effect positive social change in their comunidades (communities).

Contact Information:

Mexican American Studies
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 W. University Drive, EDCC 2.216B
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 956-665-3212
Email: MAS@UTPA.EDU